Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Dreaming of the Alamo

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Dreaming of the Alamo

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I've been dreaming about the convention, with visions of the Alamo dancing in my head. In the middle of a New England winter, I am seriously excited about going to San Antonio. In my dream, I walk along the river with a bunch of my friends, laughing and enjoying the sights. I am definitely not wearing a heavy coat and gloves! The biggest decision I have to make is choosing which restaurant we want to try for dinner. It's all sunny, relaxed, and fun. But when I wake up, I start to feel worried about my mental health: Who dreams about NASP conventions?? Am I too immersed in my work? Maybe I just need to get a lifiel Is there a school psychologist in the house?

It all starts in graduate school, you know. Lauren Wargelin, this month's Student Connections columnist, describes the stress of trying to balance the demands of the professional and personal sides of life. She offers a number of suggestions to help students maintain their own well-being. She also has suggestions for how graduate faculty could help promote wellness in their programs. I couldn't help but think that some of her recommendations might even help veterans like me sleep more peacefully

Stories from other students who are working purposefully on their well-being may be found in part two of Paula Gill Lopez's article on "Self-Care: The Missing Link in Best Practice." The student accounts of their journeys are compelling, and the description of the work that Dr. Gill Lopez is doing to promote self-care in her program and in schools around Connecticut is inspiring. …

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